Renderings have been revealed for a planned mixed-use development at 424 S Wabash Avenue in the South Loop. Located between E Van Buren Street and E Congress Parkway, the midblock site is directly across the street from the Roosevelt University tower. The property is currently occupied by a vacant parking lot and one-story brick structure. DAC Developments is the developer behind the project.
Designed by Pappageorge Haymes, the new construction would consist of a 26-story mixed-use tower. Rising 285 feet, it would hold ground-floor retail space and 270 hotel rooms. Currently in preliminary design phases, the design consists of a fully glazed enclosure to feature views out from the hotel rooms. The hotel portion will be run by The Sonder Group, a hotelier that specializes in rooms that are akin to apartments, offering visitors spaces that can be larger and more suitable to families and groups. Considering this distinction, the hotel rooms are split into 190 studios, 16 one-bedrooms, and 64 two-bedroom suites.
The ground floor will hold retail space facing S Wabash Avenue, with the hotel lobby on the southern end of the front facade. Loading, service, and parking access will occur from the alleyway. Two floors of parking holding 40 spaces will top the ground floor, with an amenity deck on top. The next two floors will hold office space for The Sonder Group. The remaining levels will hold the hotel rooms with the final two floors holding hotel amenities.
The surrounding context comprises historic brick structures against the glazed Roosevelt University tower with the blue-toned pattern. Proposing a fully glazed edifice, the architects aim to create a glass portal to The Loop between the two towers. On the northern facade, the glazing will feature a two-toned glass curtain wall that references the neighboring Roosevelt University tower. The glass elevations are not intended to compete with the surrounding structures, but to contribute to the area by reflecting them.
Located on a parcel zoned DX-16, the hotel use is permitted by-right on the property, allowing the developers to proceed without any city review. The developers plan to break ground in March 2022 with a construction timeline of 18 months. Full completion is anticipated for November 2023.